In the Philippines an oil depot owned by Shell subsidiary Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp is due to undergo an evaluation into its levels of safety.
However plans to evaluate how safe the Pandacan oil depot is are on hold. The company has invited independent parties to partake in the evaluation to avoid bias.
Stakeholders other than the oil firms that use the depot declined to join the panel that would select a third party risk assessor to evaluate the safety of the controversial depot, the company said.
The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, an international group of 30 countries that helps governments tackle social, economic, and governance issues, earlier concluded that the Pandacan oil depot was safe and had complied with the global standards for oil terminals.
The Social Justice Society, a civil society group, complained in 2006 that Pilipinas Shell allegedly manipulated the government of Manila by concealing environmental health risks related to the depot and that the oil companies did not have specific plans to mitigate possible hazards against the communities around it. The group wanted the depot moved elsewhere.